Lutz County Park
Much of the terrain of Lutz County Park is old farm fields and the grassy meadow of a restored prairie. In the northern half, however, is an upland hardwood forest of oaks, maples and elms while in the center is a pond that attracts an impressive number of birds. Winding through the park is a nearly 3-mile network of footpaths, mowed lanes and old two-tracks.
The preserve was the result of Owen Lutz gifting his beloved 300-acre farm to the county with an agreement that it would be used as a county park. Lutz was born at the homestead and ultimately lived and farmed the land for more than 60 years. Prior to his death in 2004, Lutz was frequently seen walking the property with staff, laying out a portion of the current trail system.
Lutz County Park opened in 2008 with 100 acres developed for recreation use that included trails, trailhead parking area on Lutz Road, picnic tables, vault toilet and benches. The route described here is a 2-mile loop that follows the perimeter of the trail system.
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